Where Were You When The Shots Rang Out?


Today America witnessed one of the most atrocious massacres in US history the grandeur of which will be felt for ages to come. Our nation now mourns the loss of many beautiful, wonderful and tenderly innocent lives. Thousands of music lovers went to listen to music and dance the day away at a Jason Aldean concert Monday morning. Embracing loved ones and smiling at the opportunity to listen to a great performer, thousands walk excitedly across a plaza many times larger than that of a football field. Laughing at the days ahead and basking in the glow of such an awesome moment these music lovers could not have been more surprised at what would happen mere moments later. These same people who were laughing just moments earlier were met with surprise and horror when a barrage of bullets whizzed through the crowd striking and killing nearly 63 people and wounding over 500 more. Just mere moments earlier people were holding hands with lovers, singing songs with friends and skipping to the tunes of life’s most hopeful futures when shots rang out altering the course of their lives and possibly even history itself. People began to jump on the ground as bodies began to fall next to them. Those who were holding hands now run in horror as a gunman rings out shots of fire and fury from the window in a nearby hotel room. Once held hopes faded into a flurry of panic, screams, and murder. As the newscasters broadcast live footage of the event it bore a striking resemblance to an earlier tragedy in which the world is still recovering. Five months earlier in London at an Ariana Grande concert in the presence of teens and preteens, bombers let loose explosives pointlessly ending 22 lives. In 2001 on September 11th three planes were hijacked. Filled with passengers two of them slammed into the World Trade Centers in New York City killing and wounding hundreds. These are only three cases of the many atrocities that have taken place in America and around the world over the last few decades that have rendered many to iirrevocable heartache and a subsequent state of anguish.

Matthew 24

29“Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 30And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.h 31And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the worldi—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven. 32“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. 33In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. 34I tell you the truth, this generationj will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. 35Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

36“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.k Only the Father knows.

I am of the belief that verse 36 is no longer only speaking of when Jesus comes to the earth to judge the standings of the hearts of men, but also refers to when men die and find themselves standing in front of the throne of God to be judged. When tragedy struck today many, just seconds earlier, felt that they would have years to live, marry, love, lust, sin, repent and eventually get right with God somewhere in their old age, however, when the shots rang out that instantly changed. In the blink of an eye, those music lovers went from standing in Las Vegas to standing in front of the throne of God. When the shots rang out the lives of everyone in that plaza changed and the lives of everyone that loved them changed and in that instance the entire world changed. Those shots represented much more than a gunman in a hotel window for that gunman is dead and has to face the same judgment of God as the ones who lives he has taken. Those shots represented every choice each person in Las Vegas at that three-day music festival had made up until that point. No one really knows when Jesus is coming back not even Jesus according to Jesus’ own account in verse 36. Not to make light of the coming of Jesus, but if not even Jesus knows when He will be sent to judge the world than why be too concerned. He could come tomorrow or in a million years, who really knows other than God. There is, however, a date that is possibly much closer. The closer date to fear is the day we will go to see Jesus for that date can be estimated to the day is some cases by doctors and scientist and is never longer than 130 years. That date is as close as a heart attack, stroke or unexpected cancer or as close as the next bomber, shooter or airplane hijacker. Where were you when the shots rang out? This isn’t a question of where you were geographically or a metaphor for your mental or emotional state. This question is very literal in a spiritual sense. Excuse me for being so direct, but if the next life altering event that took place in the world took your life, where would you be with God? Where would your soul be forever? Would you enjoy heaven or spend an eternity wishing you would have used your life differently. So I will ask again and please take a moment to evaluate your life, your heart and the requests of God to spend time with Him in prayer and meditation, to fellowship with other believers, to turn away from sin, to help those less fortunate and to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, to this all… where were you when the shots rang out?

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